Montana State University

Research Position
Vacancy Announcement
July 24, 2013

Research Associate
Immunology and Infectious Diseases

Search Number     14-022
Start Date Upon successful completion of search process
Appointment Full-time (1.0 FTE)

$30,000 - $36,000 depending on experience, education, and qualifications.

Benefits Eligible

Founded in 1893 as a Land Grant University, Montana State University (MSU) is composed of eight academic colleges and a graduate school and boasts a friendly, supportive faculty and campus environment. Currently, the University hosts an enrollment of over 15,000 students, including approximately 1,900 graduate students. MSU is classified as one of 108 U.S. Research Universities (very high research activity) by the Carnegie Foundation.

MSU is located in Bozeman, Montana, an extended community of about 70,000 nestled in the Rocky Mountains in Southwest Montana. In addition to providing access to an extraordinary ecosystem for teaching and research programs, Bozeman is renowned for year-round recreational and cultural opportunities to include access to world class ski areas, multiple blue ribbon trout streams and the Gallatin National Forest. The local airport is served by seven national airlines with over twenty flights a day to nine cities.

Named an All American City, Bozeman boasts high-quality medical facilities, a very low crime rate, many fine restaurants, acclaimed public and private schools, a symphony orchestra and choir, an annual opera, and nationally known events such as the Sweet Pea Festival of the Arts held in early August of each year. Powder Magazine identified Bozeman, with "three distinctly different" major ski resorts within an hour's drive, as the number one place to live and ski in its November 2010 Magazine. ranked Bozeman #2 on the list of American Dreamtowns - small towns that offer the best quality of life without metropolitan hassles. The K-12 educational system, growing reputation of Montana State University, and pristine natural environment of the area combine to make Bozeman one of America's most desirable university towns. Bozeman is located in the beautiful Gallatin Valley, 90 miles north of Yellowstone National Park.


The Department of Immunology and Infectious Diseases (IID) uniquely combines expertise in the study of pathogen biology, host defense, cell biology and use of small and large animal models. Four areas broadly encompass the scope of IID research:

  • Molecular and genetic studies of animal and pathogen biology
  • Understanding molecular pathways of communication between pathogen and host
  • Regulation of host immune responses in human and animal diseases
  • Uncovering molecular mechanisms of pathogen virulence

    IID conducts one of the premier infectious disease research programs in the Northwest, as demonstrated by the success of our faculty in competing nationally for extramural grant funding and publishing high-impact papers. Research funding comes from a range of sources such as the National Institutes of Health, US Dept. of Agriculture, National Science Foundation and the Montana Agricultural Experimental Station among others. Over the past five years, IID averaged over $11 million for annual research expenditures. IID is also home to an NIH Center of Biomedical Research Excellence in Zoonotic and Emerging Infectious Diseases, which provides substantial core facilities and training opportunities for junior investigators. The Department sponsors undergraduate programs in Animal Biotechnology and Pre-Veterinary training and M.S. and Ph.D. programs that emphasize training in cell biology, molecular pathogenesis, immunology, and infectious disease. Weekly seminars are offered by the department and the Frank N. Nelson Distinguished Lecture Series brings many accomplished scientists to Montana State University. The Department is housed in a state-of-the-art facility with core laboratories for flow cytometry, cell biology, and molecular sciences, as well as pathogen containment facilities for small (BSL-3) and large animal research (ABSL-2). Instrumentation suites house equipment for DNA sequencing, genomic analysis, flow cytometry and cell sorting, and confocal microscopy. With 22 tenure and research faculty, 12 postdoctoral fellows, 38 professional staff, and 30 graduate and undergraduate students involved in independent research, IID is a dynamic research and teaching environment with state-of-the-art facilities.

    Duties and

    The Taylor lab is looking for qualified individuals to fulfill the duties of a Research Associate. The lab uses in vitro and in vivo model systems to study neurotropic viral spread. Specifically, we study neurotropic alphaherpes (HSV-1 and PRV) and flavi- (WNV) viruses in conjunction with live cell fluorescence microscopy to understand the properties of viral infection and cell-to-cell spread. Duties include, but are not limited to:

  • Dissection and preparation of primary neuronal cultures;
  • Maintenance of cell cultures/Production and characterization of viral stocks;
  • Performing advanced and complex experimentation;
  • Collecting and analyzing research;
  • Preparing data for publication and grant writing;
  • Training and oversight of other research personnel.

    1.   M.S. degree in a biological/biotechnology, medical technology, or related field plus two years of research experience.
    1.   Experience in fluorescence microscopy
    2.   Knowledge of common virology methods including viral purification, titering, and infection.
    3.   Experience with experimental animal models (preferred mice or rats).
    The Successful
    Candidate Will

    have good organizational, communication, and computer skills. The ideal candidate will have the ability to work both independently and with others, possess a strong interest in scientific research, and will have the desire to develop new experimental methods. The person in this position will display an aptitude for establishing and maintaining constructive working relationships with a wide spectrum of laboratory personnel in a collaborative environment, while representing MSU in a professional manner.

    1.   In accordance with MSU policy, hiring will be conditional upon successful completion of a pre-employment background check.

    Screening of applications will begin on August 8, 2013 and will continue to be accepted until the position is filled.


    To apply, submit the following:

    • (1) a letter of application that addresses the required and preferred qualifications listed above by clearly indicating relevant education and experience using specific examples; and
    • (2) a current resume or vita, and
    • (3) the names and contact information of three professional references.

      Electronic submissions in PDF format are preferred, and must have the applicant's signature on the letter of application. For electronic submittals, please indicate "Applicant - Search #14-022" in the subject line of the email.

      Submit materials to:

      • Dr. Matthew Taylor
      • Department of Immunology and Infectious Diseases
      • Montana State University
      • PO Box 173610
      • Bozeman MT 59717-3610

    Posted 7/24/13 bbclark